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by Manuj Sharma Saturday 24 October 2015
West Indies batsman, Kraigg Brathwaite believes that his team has the ability to chase down a total under 200 runs in the fourth innings of the second Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
After bowling out Sri Lanka for 200 in the first innings, West Indies failed to capitalise on the chance and were bundled out for 163 runs.
Brathwaite was the top-scorer for his team with a knock of 47, but the rest of the batting order capitulated, thanks to some quality bowling from Sri Lanka.
Brathwaite is not looking to fault the pitch at the P Sara Oval, as he believes that one can succeed on it by playing the waiting game.
“I believe it is a good pitch, but Sri Lanka bowlers bowled really good.
“The spinners also got some purchase.
“Once you play yourself in and play your game, you will succeed on that pitch.”
Dhammika Prasad rattled the batting order with wickets of Shai Hope, Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood, whereas the spinners shared six wickets between them.
Revealing his tactics on tackling the spinners – especially Herath – Brathwaite stated that he strived to adopt a positive mindset to prevent the bowler from settling down.
“The main thing is to keep a positive mindset.
“I used my feet a couple of times – that was part of the tactics.
“I was looking to rotate the strike as much as possible.
“I wanted to stay positive in my mind towards every bowler.”
Admitting that the track was aiding the spinners well, Brathwaite opined that the batsmen need to be patient in order to score runs.
“Starting this morning, we had to see off the new ball.
“The three spinners were getting some purchase but the main thing was to stay positive and work towards the game plan.
“It was not easy but once you stay patient, you will get runs on the pitch.”
West Indies reduced Sri Lanka to 55 for two in the second innings at one stage, but the hosts managed to stretch the lead to 113 runs.
Urging his batsmen to play with caution in the fourth innings, Blackwood is confident that his team can chase down a total around 200 runs.
“I think anything around 200 will be attainable.
“I believe we have the batting to chase down anything under 200 in the fourth innings.
“As a batting unit, we know what we have to do as batsmen.
“If you see a ball there to be hit, you (have) to be positive to it.
“But you have to stay patient on this pitch to get runs.
“That is the best way to go.”
At stumps, Sri Lanka were poised at 78 for two with Kaushal Silva and Dinesh Chandimal were batting at the crease.
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